Breed Type: Spitz
Country of Origin: Norway
Size: Small Height 30-38cm, Weight 5 to 7kgs.
Care Requirements: Low
Exercise Requirements: Low
Best Suited As: Family Pet or companion dog
Breed Summary – Norwegian Lundehund
The Norwegian Lundehund is an energetic and confident dog and usually an appropriate addition to any family home. Originally from Norway, the Norwegian Lundehund’s name can be translated to “Puffin Dog” which it was initially bred to hunt (puffins that is). The breed is cheerful and a friendly companion for the family however can bark frequently. In most cases, however, it will only be to alert the owner of the presence of a nearby stranger.
The Lundehund is not to be used as a defence dog as aggression it is not in its nature, but owners should expect the Lundehund to stick close to them. Throwing countless objects for the energetic dog to chase is the right way to keep it active and it will inevitably return them. The Lundehund is very active, so owners should not be afraid to encourage the breed to take part in plenty of running and other activities.
History suggests the Norwegian Lundehund was first bred in the 1600s and was used for hunting puffins. After becoming almost extinct after World War II, there are now around 2000 of the breed across the world. The Norwegian Lundehund’s most appropriate role is as a farm dog on a spacious property.
The Lundehund’s appearance
The Norwegian Lundehund is a small dog with a rough overcoat, but a soft undercoat. The Lundehund boasts six toes on each foot, whereas most dogs have four and the breed is also extremely flexible. Remarkably, it can flick its ears frontwards and backwards at will. The Lundehund’s neck is also double jointed, which caters for enormous flexibility. The shoulder height is between 30 and 38cm in males and 28 to 36cm for females, while the typical weight for males and females is between 5 and 7kg.
While intensely protective, the Norwegian Lundehund remains friendly and kind in the presence of a family. Indoors, they are calm, and outdoors they should be kept active and busy with a number of different activities. The breed is acutely aware of stranger danger and will express this by barking. While the breed’s bark is bigger than its bite, it is loyal and protective.
They are loyal, intelligent and friendly companion and sports a brown and white coat, and a soft touch to match. If a stranger is nearby, you can expect the dog to bark and bark loudly. However if the Lundehund is trained correctly, it can develop into an obedient and valuable addition to the home for both singles and families.
Working and tasks
Early in its development, a firm hand is required to train the Norwegian Lundehund. It is an intelligent breed and learns quickly, so it is also vital to add variety to the tasks so the Lundehund maintains its enthusiasm. The dog has ample energy to burn and must be kept busy and giving the dog objects to chase is a sound method for success during training and the dog’s life.
Health & Care
The Norwegian Lundehund is very susceptible to what is known as Lundehund syndrome, which causes gastrointestinal disorders. It can develop in the breed from an early age which means the average lifespan of the Lundehund is difficult to determine.
During moulting season, loose hairs can be removed by using a wooden comb.
The Norwegian Lundehund Is exceptionally rare outside its native Norway and though it is found its way to the UK and the US at the time of writing this article will I now want to locate any breeders in Australia or anyone claiming to own one. This is not surprising considering there are cold weather breed in Australia boasts an already existing wealth of small amicable companion dog breeds.
That said they are a wonderful dog and would be interested to hear that someone decide to import them start breeding them within Australia.